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2012 Curatorial Panel

Bruce Grenville – West Coast and the Yukon
Bruce Grenville is the Senior Curator at the Vancouver Art Gallery (1997 - present). He has been Curator at the Mendel Art Gallery, Saskatoon (1989-95) and Senior Curator of the Edmonton Art Gallery (1995-97). He has organized many thematic group exhibitions including, Visions of British Columbia: A Landscape Manual, an award winning exhibition and publication; KRAZY! The Delirious World of Anime + Manga + Video Games + Art, a timely and important survey of modern and contemporary visual culture from around the world; The Uncanny: Experiments in Cyborg Culture, a thematic survey of the image of the human machine in art and popular culture from the early 19th century to the present; Home and Away: Crossing Cultures on the Pacific Rim a look at the work of six artists who share a history of emigration and diaspora on the Pacific Rim; and The Post-Colonial Landscape Project, a six year series of exhibitions and a book that examined the land and its representation within the colonial and post-colonial state. As well, he has organized numerous solo exhibitions for artists including Michael Lin, Fiona Tan, Stan Douglas, Franz West, Wang Du, Dominique Blain, Komar and Melamid, Christos Dikeakos, Ruth Cuthand, Mary Scott and Jack Goldstein.

Ryan Doherty – Prairies and the North
Ryan Doherty joined the staff of the Southern Alberta Art Gallery (SAAG) as curator in 2008 after receiving his Master of Arts degree from the Centre for Curatorial Studies at Bard College in New York (2007). Upon completion of his Bachelor of Arts (1997) Doherty was employed at the University of Lethbridge Art Gallery where he worked curating exhibitions from their extensive collections. In 2000 he was awarded an International Residency Fellowship from the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade which provided the opportunity to help produce a major travelling exhibition and visit a large number of American museums. At SAAG, recent exhibitions and publications have explored notions of collaborative practice, maintenance, adaptability and institutional reflection, adding perspective to the major renovation and expansion to the gallery which was completed in late 2010.

David Liss - Ontario
David Liss is Artistic Director and Curator of the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, in Toronto, Canada, since December 2000. From April 1995 until November 2000 he was Director/Curator of the Gallery of the Saidye Bronfman Centre for the Arts in Montreal.

He holds a BFA (1987), from Concordia University in Montreal, and between 1994 and 1996 he regularly contributed art reviews to the Montreal Gazette. Since the mid-1980s he has organized, produced and curated numerous solo and group exhibitions of contemporary art, in addition to overseeing related publications, educational programs, performances, events and travelling exhibitions in Canada and internationally. Selected recent activities include: participation in the curatorial programs of the ARCO art fair in Madrid, Spain, 2004 – 2008; a member of the selection panel for the Photo Miami art fair at Basel/Miami in 2006 and 2007, and has served on the advisory committee of the Toronto Sculpture Garden since 2003. Most recently he was co-curator of the 2011 Biennale Montreal. He is a member of the Canadian Association of Museum Directors Organization (CAMDO), a contributing editor to Canadian Art magazine, and a practicing artist in drawing, watercolor and photography.

Louise Déry - Quebec
Louise Déry lives in Montreal. She holds a PhD in art history and has been the director of the Galerie de l’UQAM since 1997. An exhibition curator and author of more than fifty exhibition catalogues, she has served as curator at the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec and the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. She has realized many projects featuring individual contemporary artists, including Geneviève Cadieux, Angela Grauerholz, Françoise Sullivan, Dominique Blain, Jana Sterbak, Nancy Spero, Sarkis, Rober Racine, Raphaëlle de Groot, David Altmejd, Stéphane La Rue, Artur Żmijewski, Manon De Pauw and Shary Boyle. She has toured a major exhibition of Michael Snow (Le Fresnoy, France and AKBank Sanat, Istanbul, 2011-2012), as well as the first group exhibition of Canadian artists in Istanbul (AKBank Sanat, 2008). Her proposal for an exhibition with the artist David Altmejd was selected to represent Canada at the 52nd Venice Biennale in 2007. She has received  the same year the first Hnatyshyn Foundation Award for Curatorial Excellence in Contemporary Visual Art and she was the first recipient of the annual tribute from the Contemporary Art Galleries Association (AGAC) for her outstanding contribution to the visual arts community. She is now preparing a project on twenty Montreal artists for Le Fresnoy in France.

David Diviney – Atlantic
David Diviney obtained his BFA degree in 1995 from the Tyler School of Art at Temple University (Philadelphia) and graduated in 1998 from the MFA program of Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (Halifax). He was the Director of Eye Level Gallery (Halifax) until 2002 when he moved to Lethbridge, Alberta, then Kamloops, British Columbia, to pursue curatorial and teaching positions. He held the position of Assistant Curator, Southern Alberta Art Gallery (Lethbridge) and has taught courses in the areas of sculpture, drawing and gallery studies at Alberta College of Art and Design (Calgary), University of Lethbridge, Thompson Rivers University (Kamloops), and Sheridan College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning (Oakville). In 2009, Diviney returned to Nova Scotia to work as Curator of Programs for the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia Western Branch in Yarmouth and, as of 2010, as the Curator of Exhibitions at the AGNS’s main gallery in Halifax. He is the curator of the currently touring retrospective David Askevold: Once Upon a Time in the East, a project that opened at the National Gallery of Canada in October 2011 and will travel to the AGNS, Confederation Centre Art Gallery (Charlottetown), and Armory Center for the Arts (Los Angeles).